Javier Hernandez happy to learn from Robin van Persie
27 August 2012 11:47
Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has insisted that he does not see Robin van Persie's arrival at Old Trafford as a threat.The Dutchman's signing in a ?24million deal would appear to push Hernandez further down the pecking order, with Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck also competing for a first-team place.But the 24-year-old Mexican, who could only net 12 times last season after 20 in his debut campaign in 2010-11, says he wants to learn from last year's PFA Player of the Year.
Out of favour: Hernandez (left) was an unused substitute on Saturday
'I think in life you never stop learning, no matter what age you are. I try to learn from all my team-mates, but obviously it’s great to watch the other strikers in particular,' he told United's official website.'They have all helped me a lot and I know I will learn a lot off Robin because he is a world-class striker who has a lot to give to the team and a lot to teach us all.'Hernandez returned to the matchday squad in Saturday's 3-2 win over Fulham on Saturday, but he was an unused substitute as Van Persie, Rooney and Welbeck all featured.
Scoring start: Van Persie netted on his home debut
The Olympic gold medallist, however, says he is happy to bide his time and wait for first-team action in other competitions. 'The great thing about this club is you know you will get opportunities because we play so many games in different tournaments,' he said. 'There is competition for places but you always have that. 'I had that in youth teams when I was growing up and we have it here now because you need a big squad of players. 'There are only 11 places each week and you need to do your best to get one of those places, but it’s great to have that competition because it means every player will have to raise the level of their game.'